Alfred Bryan

Alfred Bryan

Real Name:
Alfred Bryan
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Songwriter, lyricist. (1871-1958)

born: Brantford, Ont, 15 Sep 1871, died: Gladstone, NJ, 1 Apr 1958.
Raised in Brantford and from 1886 in London, Ont, Alfred Bryan attended the Collegiate Institute before moving to Chicago, working as a newspaper reporter. He established himself about 1905 in New York, where he was an arranger and songwriter at music publishing firms. Bryan's first No. 1 hit as a lyricist was the 1910 topical song "Come, Josephine in My Flying Machine" (music by Fred Fisher (2)). Peg O' My Heart (1913, music by Fisher) also reached No. 1. The latter was recorded by Guy Lombardo, Rosario Bourdon, Henry Burr (No. 2 in 1913), Josephine Baker, Jerry Murad's Harmonicats, Glenn Miller, Jack Teagarden, Lawrence Welk, and Andy Williams, among others.

A prolific, skilled, and versatile lyricist, Bryan collaborated with Tin Pan Alley songsmiths (eg, Alfred Gumble, George W. Meyer, and Al Piantadosi) for hits each year 1906-18 and 1926-8. His "Give Me Your Affection, Honey" was written with Carmen Lombardo. The anti-war song "I Didn't Raise My Boy to be a Soldier," recorded in 1915, became controversial and was banned in Britain and France. Bryan redeemed his popularity with the 1918 patriotic hit "When Alexander Takes His Ragtime Band to France." Many of Bryan's songs, especially "Peg O' My Heart," became standards.

Bryan wrote scores for Broadway shows, eg, The Century Revue, 1919-21. He then moved to Hollywood and wrote songs for motion pictures 1928-49. His "Oui, Oui, Marie" was heard in What Price Glory (1952), and Al Jolson performed the comic "Who Paid the Rent for Mrs Rip Van Winkle?" in Mammy (1930).

Bryan was a founding member of ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers). Although 230 Bryan songs were registered with ASCAP, it is rumoured that he wrote the lyrics to over 700 songs. He also published a book of poetry, Pagan Love Lyrics (California, 1925). He was inducted into the US Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970, and was an inaugural inductee into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003. His song "Come, Josephine in My Flying Machine" was named to the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2010.
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Alfred Bryan Discography Tracks

Writing & Arrangement

3666 Ada Jones And Len Spencer Blondy (as Bryan) Ada Jones And Len Spencer - Blondy(Shellac, 10", S/Sided) Columbia 3666 US 1907 Sell This Version
A743 Stanley* And Stevenson* / Harvey Hindermeyer* Can't You See Stanley* And Stevenson* / Harvey Hindermeyer* - Can't You See / The Garden Of Roses(Shellac, 10") Columbia A743 US 1909 Sell This Version
16698 Billy Murray / Golden And Hughes That's The Fellow I Want To Get Billy Murray / Golden And Hughes - That's The Fellow I Want To Get / The Colored Doctors(Shellac, 10") Victor 16698 US 1911 Sell This Version
385 Ada Jones I've Got Your Number Ada Jones - I've Got Your Number(Cyl, 2min) U.S. Everlasting Record 385 US 1911 Sell This Version
17095 Ada Jones / Elizabeth Wheeler And Lyric Quartet (2) Whistle It (as Bryan) Ada Jones / Elizabeth Wheeler And Lyric Quartet (2) - Whistle It / A Girl Like Me(Shellac, 10") Victor 17095 US 1912 Sell This Version
17517 Albert Campbell-Henry Burr* / Helen Clark - Billy Murray Flow Along, River Tennessee (To The Home Of The Girl I Love) (as Bryan) Albert Campbell-Henry Burr* / Helen Clark - Billy Murray - Flow Along, River Tennessee / I'm Afraid I'm Beginning To Love You(Shellac, 10") Victor 17517 US 1914 Sell This Version
17622 Peerless Quartet* / Will Oakland - Billy Murray The High Cost Of Loving (as Al Bryan) Peerless Quartet* / Will Oakland - Billy Murray - The High Cost Of Loving / Just For To-Night(Shellac, 10") Victor 17622 US 1914 Sell This Version
17716 Morton Harvey / Henry Burr I Didn't Raise My Boy To Be A Soldier Morton Harvey / Henry Burr - I Didn't Raise My Boy To Be A Soldier / Stay Down Here Where You Belong(Shellac, 10") Victor 17716 US 1915 Sell This Version
18307 Willie Weston Joan Of Arc (as Bryan) Willie Weston - For Your Country And My Country / Joan Of Arc(Shellac, 10") Victor 18307 US 1917 Sell This Version
A2399 Peerless Quartette / Avon Comedy Four I'm Crazy Over Every Girl In France Peerless Quartette / Avon Comedy Four - We're Going Over / I'm Crazy Over Every Girl In France(Shellac, 10") Columbia A2399 US 1918 Sell This Version
1075 Peerless Quartette / Irving Kaufman Cheer Up Father, Cheer Up Mother (as Bryan) Peerless Quartette / Irving Kaufman - Cheer Up Father, Cheer Up Mother / Hello Central Give Me No Man's Land(Shellac, 10", Ver) Okeh 1075 US 1918 Sell This Version
A2577 Mike Bernard (2) Introducing: When Alexander Takes His Ragtime Band To France (as Bryant) Mike Bernard (2) - They Were All Out Of Step But Jim / Blaze Away(Shellac, 10") Columbia A2577 US 1918 Sell This Version
A2447 Sterling Trio / Peerless Quartette Don't Try To Steal The Sweetheart Of A Soldier (as Ryan) Sterling Trio / Peerless Quartette - Don't Try To Steal The Sweetheart Of A Soldier / The Dixie Volunteers(Shellac, 10") Columbia A2447 US 1918 Sell This Version
18505 Arthur Fields / Peerless Quartet* Oui, Oui, Marie (Wee, Wee, Marie) (as Bryan) Arthur Fields / Peerless Quartet* - Oui, Oui, Marie (Wee, Wee, Marie) / We Don't Want The Bacon (What We Want Is A Piece Of The Rhine)(Shellac, 10") Victor 18505 US 1918 Sell This Version
18507 Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra Introducing and 1 more… Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra - Hindustan / 'N' Everything(Shellac, 10") Victor 18507 US 1918 Sell This Version
18428 Shannon Four / Charles Hart (2) There's A Vacant Chair In Every Home To-Night Shannon Four / Charles Hart (2) - There's A Vacant Chair In Every Home To-Night / The Dream Of A Soldier Boy(Shellac, 10") Victor 18428 US 1918 Sell This Version
18486 Marion Harris / Peerless Quartet* When Alexander Takes His Ragtime Band To France (as Bryan) Marion Harris / Peerless Quartet* - When Alexander Takes His Ragtime Band To France / I'm Gonna Pin My Medal On The Girl I Left Behind(Shellac, 10") Victor 18486 US 1918 Sell This Version
4509 Riley's Cabaret Orch.* / Gennett Band There's A Lump Of Sugar Down In Dixie Riley's Cabaret Orch.* / Gennett Band - Rose Room / Smiles Medley(Shellac, 10") Gennett 4509 US 1919 Sell This Version
18613 Esther Walker Sahara (We'll Soon Be Dry Like You) Esther Walker - Sahara (We'll Soon Be Dry Like You) / Nobody Knows (And Nobody Seems To Care)(Shellac, 10") Victor 18613 US 1919 Sell This Version
18660 Sterling Trio / Elliott Shaw Hiawatha's Melody Of Love (as Bryan) Sterling Trio / Elliott Shaw - Hiawatha's Melody Of Love / I'm Always Falling In Love With The Other Fellow's Girl(Shellac, 10") Victor 18660 US 1920 Sell This Version
A3440 Art Hickman's Orchestra In A Little Front Parlor Art Hickman's Orchestra - Honey Lou / Honeymoon Home(Shellac, 10") Columbia A3440 US 1921 Sell This Version
18726 Charles Hart (2) - Elliott Shaw / Sterling Trio Beautiful Annabelle Lee (as Bryan) Charles Hart (2) - Elliott Shaw / Sterling Trio - Beautiful Annabelle Lee / Louisiana(Shellac, 10") Victor 18726 US 1921 Sell This Version
Goodrich Silvertown Cord Orchestra* Brown Eyes, Why Are You Blue? Goodrich Silvertown Cord Orchestra* - Brown Eyes, Why Are You Blue? / A Kiss In The Moonlight Victor US 1925 Sell This Version
802 Gloria Geer / Ukulele Bailey Brown Eyes, Why Are You Blue? Gloria Geer / Ukulele Bailey - Brown Eyes, Why Are You Blue? / Rah! Rah! Cholly(Shellac, 10") Cameo (3) 802 US 1925 Sell This Version
496-D Sybil Sanderson Fagan Some Other Bird (Whistled A Tune) (as Bryan) Sybil Sanderson Fagan - Some Other Bird (Whistled A Tune) / Honeymoon Waltz(Shellac, 10") Columbia 496-D US 1925 Sell This Version